• Independence County meteorite became famous

    One of the most studied meteorites in the world was found by two young guys and a boy about the last of June in 1884 on Joe Wright Mountain about six miles (some sources say seven) miles east of Batesville and about three miles southwest …

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  • Mmm, those Cave City melons

    OK, I finally had my first Cave City cantaloupe and watermelon of the year — and yes, they were worth waiting a year for. The Cave City melons and lopes, as they’re called in southern Sharp County, are a delicacy that my family cannot do …

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  • A summer to always remember

    You would have never found me hiking a several-hundred-foot bluff, spending several hours out on a boat collecting samples of water, examining their contents and brainstorming what could be built to generate oxygen flow, but that summer was different. Looking over that acceptance letter that …

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  • Clueless in Atlanta

    There’s always someone in our lives who pushes us along and makes us get out of our comfort zone. For me that person is my cousin Joyce Powell. I call her by her nickname — Pixie. She is one of the strongest, bravest women I …

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  • Old-timers knew how to beat summer heat

    Old-time Southerners tried to beat the summer heat any way they could and were very ingenious in doing so. The old dogtrot log house with shade trees nearby and plenty of porches was one of the best. The dogtrot — the opening between two log …

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  • No tears, fears for baby’s first fireworks show

    Last week, Kaylee got her first experience of watching fireworks, and we all wondered how she’d do. When we went to watch the “Celebrate America” last Thursday, Kaylee was much more worried about her cousins running around the place without her, and she didn’t like …

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  • Nothing to lose

    Having been to The House of Mouse, aka Disney World, four times I was a little saddened at the lack of crowd that under similar circumstances would have been a godsend. Then again I knew better than to compare the Disney theme parks to a …

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  • America’s pyramids are many but are being lost

    Thirty-five years ago, authors of a book about the world’s remaining mysteries estimated that Mexico alone contains about 100,000 stone pyramids which had not be discovered. Many of these resemble hills overgrown with jungle vegetation. In the truest sense of the word, most of these …

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  • I want to hear Daddy’s song

    Last Saturday was my family reunion on my dad’s side. It was the first one we’ve had in many years and it was way past due. Lately it seems we have only seen one another at a hospital or at a funeral and I was …

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  • A dicey double standard

    Paula Deen must be seen as pure as the sugar and flour she uses to bake with, but I guess that comes with a wholesome-as-Mom’s-apple pie image where the pedestal is as sky-high as the meringue on some of her desserts. Rapper Lil’ Wayne steps …

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  • I thought we were friends

    I have gotten used to the fact that I embarrass my 13-year-old daughter Alexas all the time, but now apparently I am embarrassing her friends as well. Like most people in the world, I have a Facebook page and one day, one of her best …

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  • Standing up for what’s right

    They are just learning to walk and talk. The older children are active in sports, spending hours texting friends and looking forward to a bright future. But wait. Not these children. These children have no future. They are not part of a world where they …

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